Hot Rap Songs Review: 2010

Hot Rap Songs Review

Welcome back to another Hot Rap Songs Review. Let’s get started.


BedRock-Young Money ft Lloyd: Ah, yes. BedRock. The cringeworthy, incompetently put-together slog where the Big 3 of Young Money, plus a couple of C and D-listers are using lame pickup lines to convince girls to have sex with them and bad punchlines galore. I’ve already talked about this song in both one of my old Target Practices and in my Worst of 2010 list, so I’m gonna go ahead and give it an F.

Say Something-Timbaland ft Drake: It’s been a LONG time since I last heard this song and I remember liking it. Do I still like it? Well, honestly, Say Something is just alright. The beat is typical Timbaland and he can still make a good beat. But this is pretty much a Drake song as it’s about a relationship that’s not working out, if you’re going by the chorus anyway. While I wasn’t blown away by Timbaland’s verse, at least he stayed on-topic while Drake spends most of his verse talking about himself and the success he achieves. Nice to know that Aubrey has always been a self-centered dickpiston. Yeah, now I know why I don’t go back to this song. It’s not bad, but it’s not anything great, either. I give it a low C.

Nothin’ On You-B.o.B ft Bruno Mars: The song that put both B.o.B and Bruno Mars on the map, Nothin’ On You was a number one hit and it’s great. It’s a really nice love song where both men proclaim to a certain girl that she’s one of a kind. It is kinda cliche and a bit sappy, but the performances really sell it home and along with the production, it has a really happy vibe that just puts a smile on your face. This song was a shining light in the darkness that was 2010 pop music. After this song, Bruno Mars would end up being one of the most successful (and best) artists of the decade. And as for B.o.B?

Image result for flatline b.o.b

Anyways, I give Nothin’ On You an A.

Over-Drake: Drake blew up when I was in high school and just like many people, I did listen to his stuff. At this point, he was set to release his debut album Thank Me Later with Over as the lead single. Eight years after this song’s release, it still bumps. I like this epic orchestral instrumentation and Drake shows off his skills. Yeah, he’s just bragging and some of the lines stink of the usual Young Money-isms, but he delivers them in a dope way and I believe his bragging. This is a dope ass song and I’m giving it a high B.

Your Love-Nicki Minaj: Seeing Nicki Minaj now is kinda sad because there was a time where I was rooting for her. She’s a talented rapper who I viewed as someone who has potential to be the best in the game. She stole the show in damn near every song she appeared in and she has the backing of one of the hottest labels around. Then she released Your Love, the official first single for her debut album Pink Friday and my enthusiasm went down because this shit sucks. What we got is a beat based on a butchered sample of an Annie Lennox classic (that technically was a cover), an atrociously sung Auto-Tuned hook, and Nicki espousing mostly generic lovey-dovey lyrics. This goes to show how much of a disappointment Nicki has become, now more than ever. I give this song an F.

Love The Way You Lie-Eminem ft Rihanna: You might want to sit down for this one because there’s something I need to say about this song that requires an explanation: Love The Way You Lie ruined Eminem. Again, let me explain. I still believe that this is a good song: the Alex Da Kid production is pretty decent and aged better than I thought, Rihanna delivers a solid hook, Eminem is still a skilled rapper despite some questionable lines, …

Now you get to watch her leave out the window
Guess that’s why they call it window pane

… and the song does a good job portraying a toxic relationship along with the music video. So why do I say that it ruined Eminem? Two reasons: 1, his reputation has been damaged as hip-hop fans have called him a sellout thanks to this song (even though Eminem has been mainstream since 1999) and young pop fans not familiar with his work think this is who he is, and 2, ever since this became a number one hit, Eminem has been recreating this song over and over. Don’t get me wrong, he’s always made these kind of songs, but he clearly stumbled across a formula with this one and abused it to death: radio-friendly production along with a usually female pop singer on the hook and lyrics relating to bad relationships (exceptions noted). Even removing the impact this would have on Eminem, good and bad, Love The Way You Lie is still a good song and I would give it a B.

Fancy-Drake ft T.I. & Swizz Beatz: For the longest time, I hated this song and thought it was annoying. Now that time has passed by and overplay has worn off, I can now say that Fancy by Drake is… okay. Just okay. The beat’s okay, the rapping’s okay, and the lyrics are also just okay. My issue with this song (which made me dislike it in the first place) is the chorus from Swizz Beatz. I didn’t like it at all. Overall, I don’t hate the song that much, but I’m not going to go back to listen to it, either. I give it a C.

Right Above It-Lil Wayne ft Drake: Man, this song was everywhere when it came out and right now, it’s the theme song to the HBO series Ballers starring The Rock. And honestly, I don’t really care for it. Right Above It is pretty much another bragging song with production that combines that epic-sounding orchestral with synths that could only exist in the early 2010s. If you couldn’t tell, the song is dated as hell. As for the bars? Meh. Neither Wayne or Drake say anything that phenomenal, it’s shit you’ve heard these two say a million times before. And now, I’m gonna move on with my life after hearing this song and leaving it with a grade of D.

No Hands-Waka Flocka Flame ft Roscoe Dash & Wale: Remember Waka Flocka Flame? The guy whose rap moniker was inspired by a Muppets character and who helped make trap music mainstream. I’m not a fan of his, but he’s comparably better than most of today’s trap rappers because his songs back then at least had energy. But that energy isn’t present in his biggest hit No Hands. It’s another strip club song with generic production, Waka Flocka being a non-presence as he only has one verse, Wale having the best verse even if it wasn’t that great, and Roscoe Dash being annoying handling the hook and the final verse. This is not a good song and I’m giving it an F.

Aston Martin Music-Rick Ross ft Drake & Chrisette Michele: Rick Ross is one of those rappers who I never really cared about. Setting aside him lying about being a correctional officer (which he later admitted to being one), he’s not that interesting to me. Sure, he’s got some good beats to back him up and some of his verses on other people’s songs are decent, but most of his music falls into two categories: “I’m a drug kingpin who’ll shoot any motherfucker who crosses my sight” and “I have lots of money.” This brings us to Aston Martin Music, which falls into the latter and is a love song. Rick Ross himself is the least interesting part of the song as Drake is once again the star with a pretty good final verse and Chrisette Michele providing a nice R&B hook. The song’s alright, but it’s nothing that special. I give it a C.


Nothin’ On You


Love The Way You Lie, Over




No Hands, Your Love

And those were the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2010. Next time, we look at the number one songs on the Hot Rap Songs chart of 2011.


4 thoughts on “Hot Rap Songs Review: 2010

  1. BedRock- hilariously stupid especially with that famous “In I got a grocery bag” line and the chorus. Seriously, “Call me Mr. Flintstone I can make your bed rock.”

    Say Something- I like the beat and while Drake isn’t doing anything different at least he sounds like he gives a damn compared to his recent stuff where he sounds bored. And on Timbaland’s part, I’ll easily take this song over his other hit from this year Carry Out.

    Nothin On You- I also love this song for Bruno’s chorus, B.o.B’s rapping and the nice production. Yeah it may be a bit sappy but it’s always nice to hear a song complimenting a girl. Plus, Bruno and B.o.B just sell this sentiment well in their delivery. A shame what happened with B.o.B cause I really liked his other hits from this year Magic and Airplanes. And we could definitely use someone like him to counteract all the dark trap songs charting nowadays.

    Over- also like the song for the epic production and like Say Something Drake actually sounds good and like he actually gives a damn

    Your Love- meh

    Love the Way You Lie- I also like the song though it doesn’t have much repeat value for me

    Fancy- meh

    Right Above It- just another generic brag rap song

    No Hands- really annoying and stupid

    Aston Martin Music- it’s alright but nothing I would go back to

    Best Hit Songs of 2010
    1)Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
    2)King of Anything by Sara Bareilles
    3)Animal by Neon Trees
    4)Airplanes ft. Hayley Williams/Nothin On You ft. Bruno Mars by B.o.B
    5)Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
    6)Haven’t Met You Yet by Michael Bublé
    7)The Only Exception by Paramore
    8)Not Afraid by Eminem
    9)The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert
    10)According To You by Orianthi
    Honorable Mentions
    TiK ToK by Kesha
    California Gurls ft. Snoop Dogg/Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
    Love The Way You Lie by Eminem ft. Rihanna
    Dynamite by Taio Cruz
    Telephone ft. Beyoncé/Alejandro by Lady Gaga
    DJ Got Us Fallin In Love by Usher ft. Pitbull
    Billionaire by Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars
    Breakeven (Falling To Pieces) by The Script
    Find Your Love/Over by Drake
    Bulletproof by La Roux
    Whataya Want From Me by Adam Lambert
    Misery by Maroon 5
    Magic by B.o.B ft. Rivers Cuomo (no relation to the Governor)
    Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)/Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart by Alicia Keys
    All I Do Is Win by DJ Khaled ft. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross
    Say Something by Timbaland ft. Drake

    Worst Hit Songs of 2010
    1)Blah Blah Blah by Kesha ft. 3OH!3
    2)My First Kiss by 3OH!3 ft. Kesha
    3)Imma Be/Rock That Body by The Black Eyed Peas
    4)OMG by Usher ft. will.i.am
    5)Deuces by Chris Brown ft. Tyga & Kevin McCall
    6)BedRock by Young Money ft. Lloyd
    7)Like A G6 by The Far East Movement ft. The Cataracs & Dev
    8)Teach Me How To Dougie by Cali Swag District
    9)Baby by Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris/Eenie Meenie by Justin Bieber & Sean Kingston
    10)Hey Soul Sister by Train
    Dishonorable Mentions
    Break Your Heart by Taio Cruz ft. Ludacris
    I Like It by Enrique Iglesias ft. Pitbull
    In My Head/Ridin Solo by Jason Derulo
    Cooler Than Me by Mike Posner
    Sexy Bitch by David Guetta ft. Akon
    Your Love Is My Drug/Take It Off by Kesha
    Say Aah ft. Fabolous/Bottoms Up ft. Nicki Minaj by Trey Songz
    How Low/My Chick Bad ft. Nicki Minaj by Ludacris
    Carry Out by Timbaland ft. Justin Timberlake
    Mine/Today Was A Fairytale by Taylor Swift
    Tie Me Down by New Boyz ft. Ray J
    We Are The World 25 for Haiti by Artists for Haiti (didn’t make the year end list but still deserves a mention for being so bad that it makes the 1985 original a masterpiece in comparison)

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  2. From the lists of 2009 and 2010 it seems Drakes best work is his first album then his music has been rotting and stale. Completely forgot about young money but I doubt that collective is around anymore. With the last entries in this series I will see the building blocks of today’s rap which is a far cry from rap back in 1990.


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